I know I have said this before, but it’s still true: you can never have too many banana bread recipes! This one is a variation on the banana and walnut favourite as I may have got a little over-excited at Costco recently and bought a 2lb bag of pecans…
More often than not I make my banana loaves with raisins or cranberries and tend to skip the nuts as I still haven’t managed to convince my son that he actually really likes nuts in cakes. I know if he gave them a proper chance he would love them as he likes plenty of other things with nuts in as long as he doesn’t know they are there. How can you not love a cake with a crunch?
If you are looking for something that is quick and easy to assemble, a banana loaf is perfect. There is no creaming, whisking or beating. Just measuring, mashing and mixing. Tip your mixture into a greased loaf tin and an hour later you have a loaf. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool down long enough to cut a decent slice.
This loaf can be left plain or iced with a drizzle of glacé icing or even a cream cheese icing. I chose glacé icing this time for a change as I usually leave them plain. Plus it was an opportunity to use up a few more pecans…
225g SR flour
100g soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
100g pecans, roughly chopped
100ml light olive oil
3 to 4 mashed bananas (about 350g)
75g icing sugar
a few teaspoons of water
pecans to decorate
Set the oven to 180ºC and grease a 2lb loaf tin.
Mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl mix together the oil, eggs and mashed bananas.
Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
Pour into the loaf tin.
Bake for around 1 hour but check after about 45 minutes and cover with foil if browning too quickly. A skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean and the cake will be firm to the touch when it is ready.
Leave to cool for a little while in the tin before turning out onto a wire cooling rack. Leave to cool completely before icing.
To make the icing, sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and add a teaspoon or so of water at a time and mix until you get the consistency you require.
Drizzle the icing over the loaf and decorate with chopped or halved pecans.
Delicious and easy!